Capriccio : Work information

Composers
Richard (Georg) Strauss ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Georges Prêtre (Conductor)

This work

Work name
Capriccio
Work number
Op. 85
Key
n/a
Genre
A
Composed
1941-01-01 02:00:00

This recording

Label
Forlane
Producer
Ivan Pastor
Engineer
Jochen Brauns
Recording date
1999-05-28 00:00:00

The Composers

Richard (Georg) Strauss

Strauss’ father was a professional horn player, and he educated his son in music. The young Strauss composed prolifically from the age of six. He went to University for a short time, but had no formal tuition in composition. Despite this lack of education, he had several works performed in Munich, including a symphony, when he was 17. The next year saw performances in Dresden and Vienna.

At the age of 20, Strauss had his second symphony played in New York and he conducted the Meiningen Orchestra in a suite for wind instruments. In 1885 he became conductor of that orchestra, but soon left and visited Italy, composing Aus ltalien  as a result which caused controversy when it premiered in 1887. By then Strauss was a junior conductor at the Munich Opera. Other tone poems followed: Macbeth, Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung come from the late 1880s. Don Juan is perhaps the first of the really virtuosic compositions.

He moved to Weimar to take up a post at the opera house, and from 1891 to 1893, despite being ill, wrote his first opera, Guntram. It wasn’t very successful, but his conducting career continued; he directed many major operas, including Wagner at Bayreuth. He returned to Munich in 1896 as chief conductor at the opera. More tone poems followed, including Till Eulenspiegel, Don Quixote and Ein Heldenleben, (A Hero’s Life).

From 1908, Strauss conducted the court and opera orchestras in Berlin. In 1919, though, he took up a post as joint director of the Vienna Staatsoper, where his latest collaboration with Hofmannsthal, Die Frau ohne Schatten, was performed that year, to great acclaim. His busy international conducting career continued between the wars, taking in North and South America and most of Europe in the 1920s.

During World War II Strauss was frustrated at being unable to work with his Jewish librettist, Stefan Zweig (Hofmannsthal was also part-Jewish), and he protected his Jewish daughter-in-law. His relationship with the National Socialist government in Germany was at times ambiguous, a fact that protected him but led to post-war difficulties and self-imposed exile in Switzerland, from which he returned home to Bavaria only in the year of his death. When Germany was defeated, and the opera houses destroyed, Strauss wrote a lament, Metamorphosen, for 23 solo strings. He died in his Garmisch home in 1949.

Richard Strauss developed the symphonic or tone poem to an unrivalled level of expressiveness and after 1900 achieved great success with a series of impressive operas, at first on a grand scale, but later tending to a more classical restraint.

Related Composers Wagner, Korngold, Liszt

Track listing

  • Introduction 6:31 min
  • Bezaubernd ist sie heute wieder! 2:51 min
  • Bei sanfter Musik schläft sichs am besten 6:42 min
  • Der Strom der Töne trug mich fort 5:10 min
  • Die Bühne ist fertig 1:38 min
  • Sie ist gekommen! Du hast es erreicht 3:00 min
  • Ihr Geht. Entleiß Euch schon die Macht 1:54 min
  • Bravo, bravo! Sie sind wirklich kein Laie 2:15 min
  • Kein Andres, das mir so im Herzen loht 1:51 min
  • Lassen Sie ihn gewähren 4:26 min
  • Wir hören - Das Sonett: Kein Andres, das mir Herzen loht 4:32 min
  • Wie schön die Worte, kaum kenn' ich sie wieder 2:10 min
  • Verraten hab' ich meine Gefühle! 6:48 min
  • Sie erzählten beredsam von Eurem Empfinden 3:42 min
  • Welch köstliche Begegnung! 3:00 min
  • Wir kehren zurück in die Welt des Salons 2:45 min
  • Passepied: Was sagt Ihr! 2:19 min
  • Gigue: Ich bin fest entschlossen 2:10 min
  • Gavotte 1:26 min
  • Eure Kunst enzückt und begeistert mich 0:55 min
  • Tanz und Musik stehn im Bann 4:26 min
  • Eine Oper ist ein absurdes Ding 4:28 min
  • Addio mia vita 3:22 min
  • Darf ich Sie nach Paris zurückbringen 3:19 min
  • Sie lachen ihn aus und er meint es so ernst 2:33 min
  • Aber so hört doch! 2:47 min
  • Holà! Ihr Streiter in Apoll! 10:32 min
  • La Roche, du bist groß! 5:04 min
  • Das ist mehr als eine Versöhnung 2:46 min
  • Ich Wüßte ein äußerst fesselndes Thema! 4:28 min
  • Gut in eure Mäntel gehüllt 2:55 min
  • Das war ein schöner Lärm 3:49 min
  • Herr Direktor! Herr Direktor! 4:31 min
  • Mondscheinmusik: Andante con moto 3:42 min
  • Wo ist mein Bruder? 3:27 min
  • Kein Andres, das mir so im Herzen loht 8:54 min
  • Du Spiegelbild der verliebten Madeleine 7:08 min